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Jeff Burton joins NBC Sports Group as NASCAR analyst

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A day after announcing his on-track plans for 2014, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton and NBC Sports Group said they have reached a multi-year agreement that will put Burton in the on-air booth with the NBC Sports Network begins its coverage of the sport in 2015.

Burton was released from Richard Childress Racing at the end of the 2013 season and Monday Michael Waltrip Racing announced that Burton will test for the team and compete in selected Sprint Cup races in 2014. The move to the booth in 2015 will mark Burton’s move from racing to the role of NASCAR analyst.

Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN added that Burton will contribute to the network on a limited basis in 2014.

"Jeff Burton was always the first person we would seek out when there was breaking news or an issue that needed to be covered throughout our previous contract with NASCAR, so he was the first person we called for this role," said Flood in an emailed press release. "His insights, keen observations and many trophies have earned the respect of everyone involved with the sport. He will be an outstanding analyst, and has everyone here looking even more forward to getting started."

When NBC Sports Group’s coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series racing begins in 2015, Burton will serve as a full-time analyst on NBC and NBCSN.

"This is an exciting new challenge and I am thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports family," said Burton. "I will prepare for each race as if I were driving in it, and I look forward to sharing my experience, views and insights with all the dedicated and passionate NASCAR fans."

This past July, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.

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